It’s a sure sign that summer is just around the corner when straw hats start sprouting up like spring flowers. Zipping by on the head of a women bicycling to work, worn at a dapper angle by a man walking his dog or on couples strolling through the street, ice cream in hand, with sunlight freckles scattered across their cheeks. Straw hats herald the eminent arrival of summer vacations and long lazy days of leisure.
Traditionally straw hats are only to be worn after Easter, but that never stopped Coco Chanel who started out in fashion making hats as a hobby. Over the years Chanel became know for her straw hats and in particular the flat brimmed boater style typically seen on school children. But today straw hats have grown up.
There will always be those who see a straw hat and think of Mary Poppins. So to keep from looking like a well intentioned nanny by adding a bit of interest to that basic tan weave. Try attaching a flower, or a bit of fabric to the brim. If you are feeling girly, then go for that boater style, just make sure to wear it at an slant for a smidge of sex appeal. Or why not steel that Panama hat from your boyfriend’s closet? After all, with its cool vanilla color and black grosgrain hat band, he will be forces to admit it really does look better on you.